Reviews

You Can Count On Me

4

Kenneth Lonergan's deceptively simple feature debut is, if anything, a more subtle exploration of grief's slow-burning aftermath than the similarly themed In The Bedroom. Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo are superb as siblings who lost their parents many years ago but are still struggling to get their existences in order.

Verdict:

Negligible extras don't detract from the film's honest quality. Keenly acted and scripted, it's a low-key treat about real people trying to get a hold of their lives, a masterclass in how minor inflections can reveal what's going on just below the surface. The final hint of guarded optimism ("It's all gonna be all right - comparatively") rings touchingly true.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 1st 2002